MIDATECH PHARMA
About Us | Board of Directors

Midatech’s Board of Directors is composed of individuals from various industries as well as academia. The breadth and depth of its members’ experience in medicine, pharmaceuticals, venture capital, strategy and general management is instrumental in providing advice and leadership to the Group.

Rolf Stahel
Non-executive Chairman

Mr Stahel has approximately 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, of which around 20 years were spent at Chief Executive and Board level in public (United Kingdom, Switzerland and United States) and private life science companies registered in Europe, the United States and Asia. Mr Stahel joined Shire as CEO in 1994 following a 27-year career at Wellcome plc (now GlaxoSmithKline). He is currently the non-executive chairman of Ampha Limited, and was previously the non-executive chairman of Ergomed plc, Connexios Life Sciences Pvt Limited, EUSA Pharma Inc., Cosmo Pharmaceuticals SpA, PowderMed Limited and Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA.

Jim Phillips
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Phillips has a strong background in company leadership and business development, and is a physician by training. He founded Talisker Pharma in 2004, which was the first and cornerstone acquisition of EUSA Pharma in 2006. As President of Europe and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of EUSA Pharma Inc., Dr Phillips led the strategy resulting in the acquisition of OPI and its ultimate acquisition by Jazz Pharmaceuticals in 2012. Dr Phillips is currently a Non-executive Director of Herantis Pharma plc (listed in Helsinki) and Preci-Health SA (a private medical technology business).  He was formerly a Non-executive Director of Insense Ltd (a private spin-out from Unilever), and, until joining Midatech, was Chairman of Prosonix Limited, guiding its successful transformation into a respiratory focused business.

Dr Phillips initially held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. At Novartis, he was in Clinical & Business Development and was a Board Director of the $1.3bn Arthritis, Bone, Gastrointestinal, Haematology and Infectious Diseases business unit and a member of the company’s Clinical Leadership Team.

Nick Robbins-Cherry
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Robbins-Cherry is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with extensive commercial and finance experience gained in the life sciences, technology and consulting sectors, including roles at CACI Limited, Johnson & Johnson and ICI PLC. Mr Robbins-Cherry has a strong track record in mergers and acquisitions and of managing complex multi-national businesses. He qualified with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and has a BSc in Pharmacology.

Simon Turton
Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Dr Turton previously headed Warburg Pincus’ healthcare investing activities in Europe and was a principal at Index Ventures in Geneva. He has over 10 years of experience investing in biopharma companies following a ten-year career in the international pharmaceutical industry incorporating roles in research, business development and general management. Dr Turton has an MBA from INSEAD and a Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of London. He has been a board director of private and public biomedical companies: Archimedes Pharma, Eurand, ProStrakan and Tornier. Dr Turton was most recently chairman of Q Chip prior to its acquisition by the Group. He is currently CEO of Gensmile, a new dental corporate building a group of dental clinics in the UK.

John Johnston
Non-executive Director

Mr. Johnston is currently a Non-Executive Director of Action Hotels plc and MaxCyte Inc. He held the position of Non-Executive Director of Flowgroup plc from August 2013 and moved to the role of Non-Executive Chairman from June to October 2017 to guide the Company through a successful fundraise and transition into a pure energy business.  He also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Constellation Healthcare Technologies Inc. through 2016 until the successful sale of the company on January 30, 2017. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Nomura Code and from 2008 to 2011 he was Director of Sales and Trading at Seymour Pierce.  In 2003, Mr. Johnston founded Revera Asset Management, where he oversaw an investment trust, a unit trust and a hedge fund, which he ran until 2007. He joined Legg Mason Investors for three years as director of Small Companies Technology and Venture Capital Trusts, from 2000 to 2003, having previously spent two years as Head of Small Companies with Murray Johnstone from 1992 to 1997, Mr. Johnston was Head of Small Companies at Scottish Amicable, before spending a year at Ivory and Sime. Mr. Johnston began his investment career at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Michele Luzi
Non-executive Director

Mr Luzi is a partner in Bain & Company, based in the London office. He has recently led Bain’s EMEA Telecommunications Technology Media Practice for seven years and he was a board director of Bain & Company Global between 2006 and 2009. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council and of the Web Foundation Advisory Board. Prior to joining Bain & Company, Mr Luzi worked in international management positions with Pirelli and also worked in Agusta and with the Italian Trade Commission. Mr Luzi earned his MBA from INSEAD and graduated in Economics, with Honours, from the University of Rome.

Pavlo Protopapa
Non-executive Director

Mr Protopapa is the founder and managing partner of Ippon Capital, a private equity company based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Spacecode Holdings, a technology provider in Healthcare and Luxury Goods, which he founded in 2005. He has previously served as a non-executive director and lead investor of Socure Inc, a US based SaaS-based internet security company. Pavlo has a Bachelor of Commerce (accounting, economics and commercial law) and Bachelor of Accounting Science (accounting) from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa, respectively. He completed his articles at KPMG in Johannesburg, South Africa and has more than 15 years of experience in international commerce as chief financial officer of the Steinmetz Diamond Group from 1997 to 2012.

Sijmen de Vries
Non-executive Director

Dr de Vries has extensive senior level experience in both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He is currently CEO and CFO of Pharming group N.V., the Euronext-listed pharmaceutical company. Dr de Vries was previously CEO of both Switzerland-based 4-Antibody and Morphochem AG, and prior to this he worked at Novartis Pharma, Novartis Ophthalmics and at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals Plc, where he held senior business and commercial positions. Dr de Vries holds an MD degree from the University of Amsterdam and a MBA in General Management from Ashridge Management College (UK).

About Us
Board of Directors

Midatech’s Board of Directors is composed of individuals from various industries as well as academia. The breadth and depth of its members’ experience in medicine, pharmaceuticals, venture capital, strategy and general management is instrumental in providing advice and leadership to the Group.

Rolf Stahel
Non-executive Chairman

Mr Stahel has approximately 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, of which around 20 years were spent at Chief Executive and Board level in public (United Kingdom, Switzerland and United States) and private life science companies registered in Europe, the United States and Asia. Mr Stahel joined Shire as CEO in 1994 following a 27-year career at Wellcome plc (now GlaxoSmithKline). He is currently the non-executive chairman of Ampha Limited, and was previously the non-executive chairman of Ergomed plc, Connexios Life Sciences Pvt Limited, EUSA Pharma Inc., Cosmo Pharmaceuticals SpA, PowderMed Limited and Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA.

Jim Phillips
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Phillips has a strong background in company leadership and business development, and is a physician by training. He founded Talisker Pharma in 2004, which was the first and cornerstone acquisition of EUSA Pharma in 2006. As President of Europe and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of EUSA Pharma Inc., Dr Phillips led the strategy resulting in the acquisition of OPI and its ultimate acquisition by Jazz Pharmaceuticals in 2012. Dr Phillips is currently a Non-executive Director of Herantis Pharma plc (listed in Helsinki) and Preci-Health SA (a private medical technology business).  He was formerly a Non-executive Director of Insense Ltd (a private spin-out from Unilever), and, until joining Midatech, was Chairman of Prosonix Limited, guiding its successful transformation into a respiratory focused business.

Dr Phillips initially held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. At Novartis, he was in Clinical & Business Development and was a Board Director of the $1.3bn Arthritis, Bone, Gastrointestinal, Haematology and Infectious Diseases business unit and a member of the company’s Clinical Leadership Team.

Nick Robbins-Cherry
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Robbins-Cherry is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with extensive commercial and finance experience gained in the life sciences, technology and consulting sectors, including roles at CACI Limited, Johnson & Johnson and ICI PLC. Mr Robbins-Cherry has a strong track record in mergers and acquisitions and of managing complex multi-national businesses. He qualified with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and has a BSc in Pharmacology.

Simon Turton
Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Dr Turton previously headed Warburg Pincus’ healthcare investing activities in Europe and was a principal at Index Ventures in Geneva. He has over 10 years of experience investing in biopharma companies following a ten-year career in the international pharmaceutical industry incorporating roles in research, business development and general management. Dr Turton has an MBA from INSEAD and a Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of London. He has been a board director of private and public biomedical companies: Archimedes Pharma, Eurand, ProStrakan and Tornier. Dr Turton was most recently chairman of Q Chip prior to its acquisition by the Group. He is currently CEO of Gensmile, a new dental corporate building a group of dental clinics in the UK.

John Johnston
Non-executive Director

Mr. Johnston is currently a Non-Executive Director of Action Hotels plc and MaxCyte Inc. He held the position of Non-Executive Director of Flowgroup plc from August 2013 and moved to the role of Non-Executive Chairman from June to October 2017 to guide the Company through a successful fundraise and transition into a pure energy business.  He also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Constellation Healthcare Technologies Inc. through 2016 until the successful sale of the company on January 30, 2017. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Nomura Code and from 2008 to 2011 he was Director of Sales and Trading at Seymour Pierce.  In 2003, Mr. Johnston founded Revera Asset Management, where he oversaw an investment trust, a unit trust and a hedge fund, which he ran until 2007. He joined Legg Mason Investors for three years as director of Small Companies Technology and Venture Capital Trusts, from 2000 to 2003, having previously spent two years as Head of Small Companies with Murray Johnstone from 1992 to 1997, Mr. Johnston was Head of Small Companies at Scottish Amicable, before spending a year at Ivory and Sime. Mr. Johnston began his investment career at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Michele Luzi
Non-executive Director

Mr Luzi is a partner in Bain & Company, based in the London office. He has recently led Bain’s EMEA Telecommunications Technology Media Practice for seven years and he was a board director of Bain & Company Global between 2006 and 2009. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council and of the Web Foundation Advisory Board. Prior to joining Bain & Company, Mr Luzi worked in international management positions with Pirelli and also worked in Agusta and with the Italian Trade Commission. Mr Luzi earned his MBA from INSEAD and graduated in Economics, with Honours, from the University of Rome.

Pavlo Protopapa
Non-executive Director

Mr Protopapa is the founder and managing partner of Ippon Capital, a private equity company based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Spacecode Holdings, a technology provider in Healthcare and Luxury Goods, which he founded in 2005. He has previously served as a non-executive director and lead investor of Socure Inc, a US based SaaS-based internet security company. Pavlo has a Bachelor of Commerce (accounting, economics and commercial law) and Bachelor of Accounting Science (accounting) from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa, respectively. He completed his articles at KPMG in Johannesburg, South Africa and has more than 15 years of experience in international commerce as chief financial officer of the Steinmetz Diamond Group from 1997 to 2012.

Sijmen de Vries
Non-executive Director

Dr de Vries has extensive senior level experience in both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He is currently CEO and CFO of Pharming group N.V., the Euronext-listed pharmaceutical company. Dr de Vries was previously CEO of both Switzerland-based 4-Antibody and Morphochem AG, and prior to this he worked at Novartis Pharma, Novartis Ophthalmics and at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals Plc, where he held senior business and commercial positions. Dr de Vries holds an MD degree from the University of Amsterdam and a MBA in General Management from Ashridge Management College (UK).

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